South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Notre Dame head women's basketball coach
Muffet McGraw signed a 10-year contract extension on Monday.
The new deal runs through the 2021-22 season.
"We are thrilled to be able to enter into a decade-long agreement with Muffet,
who is not only the face of Notre Dame women's basketball, but increasingly,
the face of women's basketball, given all that she's accomplished," said Notre
Dame vice president and athletic director Jack Swarbrick said.
McGraw guided the Fighting Irish to the 2001 national title and three other
appearances in the national championship game (1997, 2011, 2012).
"She's taken this program to a place where it's annually in the conversation
for the national championships, which is the model all coaches want to
follow," Swarbrick added. "She's also playing an important role in the game
nationally, and her peers recognize those contributions, as well as the
quality of her program here at Notre Dame. Off the court, she has created a
program that has a lasting community identification and a special connection
between the University and the city of South Bend, which is one of those
unique points of intersection that universities have to be careful to build
and maintain, and she's done that for us in a really remarkable way."
McGraw has compiled a 591-215 record during her 25 seasons with Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish have made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances under McGraw,
including 17 in a row.
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